Letters to the editor

Study, learn, respect


I apologize to Interim Lynden School Superintendent Stromme. He must be shaking his head in wonder at the nature of his welcome after being confronted by those asking the district to flout the law because of their assumed superior medical and mental health knowledge.

I thank the member of that group who wrote a letter to the editor explaining why they think masks are harmful to physical and mental health. It helps me better understand their thinking.

We do need to listen to one another more.

I commend the doctors and nurses who wear masks all day every day, as well as the clerks and servers who protect the rest of us by following the advice of 99% of the best virologists and epidemiologists in the world.

I salute the vast majority of citizens who are loving their neighbor by taking every possible precaution to avoid unknowingly infecting those they come into contact with.

As a person classified as COVID vulnerable, I thank each of you who has taken precautions to protect me, and others like me.

To my fellow citizens, all of whom I’m convinced are acting out of best intentions and goodwill: I encourage each of us to study, to learn, to respect the work of those who know more about this that we do. 

Roger Van Dyken


False claims not protected by First Amendment


Are newspaper editors and publishers obligated to reject or warn readers when misleading information threatening the well-being of the public is committed to print?

The First Amendment of the Constitution ensures the right to express personal opinions. 

It does not ensure the right to make false claims that threaten the well-being of the community.

Editors of the Tribune should consider steps to inform readers when misleading claims threaten the health of the public.

In the Aug. 18 edition of the Tribune, editors published a letter entitled “Making Kids Wear Masks ‘Not Good Science.’’’

The letter assumes the imprimatur of science but is filled with misleading and false information that threatens the well-being of the public, in particular children.

In rebuttal to the misleading claims:

• Children are experiencing increased stress, anxiety and challenges with learning during the COVID pandemic.  There is no evidence, however, that wearing a mask is a significant cause for these outcomes.

• The overwhelming body of evidence demonstrates the benefits of proper masking for mitigating the spread of COVID. This includes evidence that the risk of transmitting COVID in schools was significantly reduced when children were properly masked and distanced compared with schools that failed to implement precautions.

• As the Delta variant of COVID assaults a community, there are alarming increases in the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths among children.

• As of July 2021, accumulated scientific studies provide no convincing evidence that vitamin D or zinc prevents or improves treatment outcomes for COVID.

• As of July 2021, accumulated scientific studies provide no convincing evidence that Ivermectin prevents or improves treatment outcomes for COVID.

For the well-being of our children, please, wear a mask indoors.

The author will be happy to provide legitimate scientific references for claims made in this letter.

R. Michael Massanari


Baron makes great fair out of lemons


I am writing to express how well Jim Baron did with the Northwest Washington Fair this year. He was handed lemons and made a great tasting lemonade out of it.

Every time I saw Jim at the fair, and every time he was smiling and friendly.

He was constantly out on the grounds making sure everyone was having a good time and had the resources they needed to make sure the visitors were having a good time.

In short, Jim Baron did a bang-up job, and if you see him, give him a hearty handshake and say thank you.

I would also like to give a shout out to the community and volunteers at the fair. Once again, Lynden has stepped up and put its best foot forward.

I know that many long-time volunteers worked very hard to make it a great fair and that there were a number of new volunteers that stepped up as well.

I am proud of our community for making a situation that could have been bad into a great fair and I look forward to next year’s Northwest Washington Fair.

Troy Luginbill


Submitting letters to the editor

The Lynden Tribune gladly accepts letters to the editor. 

Letters should not exceed 300 words and may be edited for length, grammar, accuracy, legal issues and clarity.

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